I am trying to use drupal_http_request to connect to a remote rest-based webservice that uses http basic authorization. The following curl command works every time from a command line, and I'm trying to figure out how to do the same the "drupal 7 way".

    curl 'https://XXXXXXXX/login' -H 'Authorization: Basic XXXXXXXX==' \
      -H 'Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded' \
      --data 'username=XXXXXXXX&password=XXXXXXXX'

Here is the code I am using in Drupal

    class XXXXXX {
      function login($username='', $password='') {
        // construct url - returns https://XXXXXXXX/login
        $url = $this->constructLoginUrl();

        $data = array(
          'username' => $username,
          'password' => $password

        $headers = array(
          'Authorization' => "Basic XXXXXXXX==",
          'Content-Type'  => "application/x-www-form-urlencoded"

        $response = drupal_http_request( $url, $headers, 'POST', http_build_query( $data )     

        return $response;

When I run the curl request, I get a json_encoded response. When I run the second bit of code, I get a 401 unauthorized error from the other server. So, my intent is to make the Drupal request work exactly the same as the curl request above. Is there something I should be doing differently?

1 Answer 1


If you're using Drupal 7, then I'm fairly certain you're supposed to put everything after the URL into a single options array instead of positional arguments. This was done so you can pass some arguments without passing all of the preceding ones.


drupal_http_request($url, array(
  'headers' => $headers,
  'method' => 'POST',
  'data' => http_build_query($data)

should work.


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